These are two questions I have heard often during my three years’ membership in the Eminence Education Foundation. Actually, many natives of Eminence are not familiar with the work of the Education Foundation.
In 1991, a group of concerned citizens in the Eminence Independent School District began plans to establish an educational foundation. After more than a year in the planning process, the Eminence Education Foundation Inc., was founded in 1992 with the purpose of providing funding to enhance existing curriculum and encourage innovative educational projects within the Eminence Schools. A Board of Directors comprised of Eminence citizens and independent of the school system manages the organization.
Over the past 19 years, the teacher grants and student scholarships funded by the Foundation have totaled over $100,000. These grants have helped the school to meet the requirements of the Kentucky Educational Reform Act and have supplemented the academic resources provided to teachers. No funds are ever expended for salaries or administration so that 100 percent of all monies raised are returned directly to classroom teachers for use in educational programs which directly impact students.
The foundation has one major fund raising event each year — a dinner and silent auction held in February. Local merchants donate items for the silent auction and bids are received throughout the evening.
The Eminence community’s support of this very worthwhile organization continues to grow despite the current economic conditions. It is a tribute to citizens’ commitment to the school.
As current president of the Education Foundation, my goal is to spread the word about the valuable services provided to the teachers and students of Eminence Schools by the Foundation. I hope this answers the questions about what we are and what we do. Further, I hope that you will consider contributing your time or financial resources to our work.
Anyone wishing to receive additional information about this or any educational programs may contact Buddy Berry, Superintendent of the Eminence Independent Schools, at (502) 845-5427, ext. 4031.